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Viswanathan Anand vs Veselin Topalov
"23rd Century Chess" (game of the day Aug-23-2007)
MTel Masters (2005), Sofia BUL, rd 1, May-12
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jul-21-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  piltdown man: Goldarn it, these guys can play chess!
Sep-11-11  voyager39: Topalov in MTel 2005 seemed to be playing absolutely extraordinary chess! He nailed Anand in an equally brilliant and wild game when he had white.

An Anand-Topalov match in 2005 would have been simply unforgettable!

Sep-23-11  voyager39: Been through a lot of games here but not found a single one that is in the "notable games" of both players!

Kudos to these two for playing the game of the century and for Kramnik to put it in its proper perspective.

Sep-29-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  DarthStapler: Funny, I thought this was 23rd century chess: http://images.wikia.com/memoryalpha...
Oct-28-11  Crazychess1: What a grand draw! I was rooting for Anand the whole time!
Feb-12-12  reisena23: Only CG to provide us draws as good or even better than victories!
Feb-17-12  kia0708: Anand-Topalov 2005 was 23rd Century Chess.
I hope Anand-Gelfand won't be called 10th Century.
Feb-17-12  LaFreak III: 20.Rxd4 e5
21.Rxd5 Qc8
22.Nc4 exf4
23.Nb6 Qc6
24.Nd4 Qxb6
25.Rxd7..
I don't know if my line is correct, and I can see here that 26.Re1 is the next move.
Feb-26-13  voyager39: Topalov - Anand games can by themselves constitute a Chess Tactics Bible.
Sep-21-13  PawnJockey: I believe that 42: A7 is the way forward for white.

The threat of a pawn on the 7th would require careful and constant attention from black.

It would prove advantageous in the event that black actually manages to make good on his identical threat by queening the H pawn.

Oct-29-13  harshvk5: Am I the only one who doesn't get this game?
Wild tactics!
Jul-23-14  Garech: Gotta be one of the greatest draws of all time!

-Garech

Aug-09-14  Whitehat1963: Best draw ever?
Aug-14-14  fisayo123: <Whitehat1963> Grischuk vs Svidler 2007 must also be considered :)
Aug-16-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  JointheArmy: <Anand-Topalov 2005 was 23rd Century Chess. I hope Anand-Gelfand won't be called 10th Century.>

How'd I miss this gem?

Sep-22-14  RandomVisitor: After 55.e1Q+:


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Rybka 4.1 x64:

[-0.75] d=26 56.Rc1 Qe4+ 57.Ka1 <Qg2> 58.Rb2 Qg1 59.Rbb1 Qe3 60.Rc2 Qd4+ 61.Rcb2 Kg8 62.Nf2 Qd5 63.a4 g5 64.Rb8+ Kh7 65.R8b7+ Kh8 66.Rb8+ Kg7 67.R8b7+ Kf8 68.Rb8+ Ke7 69.R8b7+ Ke8 70.Rh7 Qd4+ 71.Rb2

Sep-22-14  RandomVisitor: After 41...h3:


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Rybka 4.1 x64:

[+0.78] d=18 42.a7 Re2 43.Rd3 h2 44.Rh3+ Kg6 45.Nd3 Rd2 46.Rf1 Re2 47.Nf2 Qb7+ 48.Rb3 Qd5 49.Rc1 Qc6 50.Rh3 Qb7+ 51.Ka1 Qc6 52.a3

Sep-23-14  RandomVisitor: After 55.e1Q+ 56.Rc1 Qe4+ 57.Ka1:


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Rybka 4.1 x64:

[-0.57] d=29 57...Kg6 58.Rb2 Qe3 59.Rf1 Qc3 60.Rff2 Qe1+ 61.Rb1 Qe5+ 62.Rbb2 Qc5 63.Rf1 Qg1 64.Rbf2 Kh5 65.a4 g5 66.Ka2 g4 67.Rxf4 Qe3 68.Rf8 Qd2+ 69.Kb3 Qd3+ 70.Kb4 Qd4+ 71.Kb5 Kh4 72.a5 Qd5+

Sep-27-14  RandomVisitor: A final look at 42.a7!


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Rybka 4.1 x64:

[+2.04] d=25 42.a7 Re2 43.Rd3 h2 44.Rh3+ Kg6 45.Nd3 Rg2 46.a3 Kf7 47.Rh1 Qb7+ 48.Kc1 Rxc2+ 49.Kxc2 Qxh1

Oct-19-14  honeypot: Greatest draw ever.
Mar-14-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: I like Diemer v. Tromsdorff 1975 slightly more
Aug-20-15  prithvimothi: Not all draws deserve a 1/2-1/2
Excellent draws like this one deserve a 1-1
Boring draws deserve a 0-0
Mar-07-16  Alexandro: What would happen if Topalov hadn't decide checking perpetually, would he win or lose? Only a curiosity!!!
Jul-30-17  leroquentin: wow! the best game I ever saw!
Jul-30-17
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  ChessHigherCat: Topalov obviously played 16..f6 in preparation for Bf5, but I thought Bf5 is not that bad for white, because of 17. Qd3 Nf2?? 18. Qg6+ Ke7 19. Be3!!! threatening Bc5# and at least winning N on f2.

Anyway, I was floored when Anand played Bd3 and took away his only escape square because he had figured out how to get 3 pieces for the queen.

When these guys were in their prime they made Stockfish look like a clunky Olivetti word processor!

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